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Sunday, October 9, 2016

A lighthouse, a whale, and a few caves at Cape d’Aguilar (Hok Tsui - 鶴咀) - the easy way

Duration: 
3 hours (9 km return)

Difficulty: 1/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 7.5/10. A lighthouse, caves, the ocean breeze, and a whale's bones (fake but hey, who cares), what else do you need?

Transportation: Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR and back. Get off a Cape D'Aguilar Road.


Why it's worth it:

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Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan (Hong Kong Island line), exit at A3.
The find boarding station 'J' where you will take bus #9. It gets quite busy on weekends as it is the same bus that will take you to the beginning of Dragon's Back. 

Get off at Cape D'Aguilar Road (鶴咀道).Then just follow Capre D'Aguilar.
A bit boring until you get to the end but really easy.

About 1.5km in, you'll get to the only major intersection.
Do not turn left, stay on Cape D'Aguilar Road (straight).
Afterwards, there will be some smaller paths going off, just stay on the same road
Keep going straight at the village's mailboxes
Another few hundred meters and you'll see the radio towers at a distance

The you will reach the HKT H.F. Radio Station. You won't be able to stay on the road.
Just bypass on the left, as instructed above
After the fence, just get back on the road that went through the radio station's grounds.
Don't climb the path to the hill
Little bit further down Cape D'Aguilar road, you'll reach this fork. On the right is the way to the Institute of Marine Science and the whale's bones. But we decided to go to the lighthouse first, on the left
After about 150m, you'll see a few houses and a path to the right. Take it and the lighthouse will be in sight.
There will be a set of stairs on the left
Once you are done taking half a million photos of the lighthouse, trace your steps back to the fork and head towards the Institute of Marine Science (the sign says "Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve")
Before long, you will see the white building of the Swire Institute of Marine Science at a distance, and the island of Kau Pei Chau on the right
Just before you arrive to the building (about 150m), you'll see an opening on the left.
That's the "secret" path to the cave. A little bit dirty but an interesting rock formation
The cave. Once you are done, retrace your steps and head to the white building of the Institute of Marine Science
The bones of Miss Willy (海威骨架), in front of the institute
Explore the surroundings

Another cave, underneath the rock pile. Once you are done enjoying the sights, retrace your steps to the bug stop.
Take #9 back to Shau Kei Wan